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The Lost Man (1969)

M | | Drama | 11 July 1969 (USA)
A gang of black militants plots to rob a factory to finance their "revolutionary struggle."


(screenplay), (novel) (as Frederick Laurence Green)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Higgs
Cathy Ellis
Dennis Lawrence
Insp. Carl Hamilton
Leon Bibb ...
Eddie Moxie
Sally Carter (aka Dorothy Starr)
Orville Turner
Reggie Page
Ronald (as Richard Anthony Williams)
Dolph Sweet ...
Police Captain
Arnold Williams ...
Diane Lawrence


Former U.S. Army lieutenant Jason Higgs (Sidney Poitier) who, after becoming a black militant during the 1960s Black Reveolutionary movement, is wounded when he pulls a payroll heist to help imprisoned "brothers" and has to hide from the police. Social worker Cathy Ellis (Joanna Shimkus) falls in love with Higgs while helping him elude capture. Loosely based on the 1947 Carol Reed film "Odd Man Out." Written by alfiehitchie

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He crowded a lifetime into 37 suspenseful hours, ticking away minute by minute, fear by fear, bullet by bullet by bullet!




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Release Date:

11 July 1969 (USA)  »

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Es führt kein Weg zurück  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Poitier met and fell in love with co star Joanna Shimkus, who became his wife. See more »


Version of Odd Man Out (1947) See more »


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Words and Music by Quincy Jones, Ernie Shelby and Dick Cooper
Performed by Venetta Fields and Nate Turner
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Not One of Poitier's Best
9 September 2004 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

The Lost Man is notable for several things, none of which includes it being a great example of cinema. Sidney Poitier's future wife, Joanna Shimkus. co-starred with him in this film. It's notable for being one of the first films of Poitier where he is trying to buck the system, rather than fit it. In most of his earlier films, he was always dealing with the problems of being a black man in a mostly white society, while living a respectable and useful existence. In this film, he plays a black revolutionary who is robbing "The Man's" bank in order to finance his group's activities. This group is a shadowy, seemingly monolithic entity that remains enigmatic throughout the film.

No one is horrible in this movie. It just doesn't stand up very well. If Poitier's black militant group had been more like the Black Panthers instead of what the Panther would have liked to have been, the movie might seem more of a product of its times. Instead, it comes like a black revolutionary fable. Interesting, but not compelling.

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